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Are you one of those people who always attract mosquitoes? Sadly, this means we’re part of the estimated 10% that are a favorite food of these bloodsucking arthropods.

A natural repellant to mosquitoes is the citronella plant. Oil derived from this grass can keep dengue-carrying insects away, and let us do our work and personal activities in peace.

It turns out that one of the products in the extensive catalog of automotive shop Blade Auto Center is a citronella dispenser. Many people think it’s an air freshener, but the scent of citronella is an acquired taste that many might not agree with. That’s why you might want to think twice before placing it in an enclosed space like your car.

But we discovered one activity where a citronella dispenser is useful--working on your car. We spend hours poring over our automobiles, whether it’s cleaning them or tinkering with their mechanicals. When we’re in the outdoors with our rides, we’re more exposed to insects and possible diseases. The dengue mosquito is said to be active only during daytime.

With Blade’s citronella product positioned near our car, we were able to work in peace and tranquility. You can also use it for non-automotive areas like your home, office or bathroom.

Now that the rainy season is upon us, this means more opportunities for mosquitoes to breed. For just P199.75, Blade’s citronella dispenser is a good companion to have in and out of the car. It lasts up to 60 days--just keep rotating the pads for maximum dispersal.

Now, if only they could discover a plant that repels recklessly swerving motorcycles...

Photos by Paulo Subido

Dinzo Tabamo
Executive Editor
Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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